Colonel George Barnes’ Regiment of Foot

ConflictsFirst Civil War
ColonelGeorge Barnes
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Field ArmiesMaurice 1644

Royalist Regiment of foot serving in the West Country

Service History


  • November to March 1644: Siege of Wardour Castle


  • April to June: Siege of Lyme Regis
  • August: Battle of Lostwithiel?


Coats, Flags and Equipment

Notable Officers

A list of the regiment's officers is shown in Officers and Regiments of the Royalist Army by Stuart Reid (Partizan Press).

Colonel George Barnes

A professional soldier, in 1660 he claimed to have been loyal to the King throughout, but according to Edmund Ludlow he originally fought for Parliament but changed sides to the Royalists when his pay was not forthcoming. His son was killed at Lyme Regis in 1644 and he remained loyal to the King thereafter.

Officer Lists

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

  • Colonel George Barnes
  • Lieutenant Colonel James Bardsey I.O. L + W
  • Sargeant Major (unknown)
  • Captain Bishop (2) + E.1071.1
  • Captain Thomas Pierce Ment. I.O.
  • Captain Thomas White (MAYBE NOT A CAPTAIN)
  • Captain Henry Williams (1) + I.O. Dorset.
  • Lieutenant Guy Charles I.O. Cornwall
  • Lieutenant Henry Morton I.O. Dorset.
  • Lieutenant Jeffrey Pope I.O. Wilts. to Capt. Pierce
  • Ensign Nicholas Bush I.O. L + W

Contemporary References

From original research by Victor Judge aka BCW user 1642

Barnes' Petition

SP29.25.57 December 1660 ? Extract.

To his excellency Lord Generall Monck Master of the Horse to his Majestie

The humble petition of Coll George Barnes Sheweth

That your petitioner at the beginning of these late unhappy warres, out of a deepe sense of his loyalty to his Majestys late father of blessed memory, did sell an Estate which had bine in your petitioners name and his Ancestors for 500 yeares, and did therewith raise and arme a Regiment of 1200 foote for his Majesties service, and with that Regiment tooke in Wardour Castle, and rendred Coll Ludlow a prisoner to his Majestie att Oxford, and after that, being commanded by his Majestie to joyne with Prince Maurice att the seige of Lyme where your petitioner had command of a Brigade, your petitioner there received three muskett shotts in a quarter of an hower and his only sonne slayne by his side, and was afterwards in all his Majesties engagements soe long as the warre contynued.

Perhaps his son was Sargeant Major of the Regiment?

(1) Capt Williams


'A Relation of mine, one Capt. Henry Williams who commanded a Company in Colonel Barns his Regiment, desiring to be admitted to speak with me, and I consenting, he endeavoured to persuade me to a surrender, offering me any conditions I would ask; but his arguments made no impression with me.'

(2) Capt Bishop

Memoirs of Edmund Ludlow

Sat on the Council of War with Col Doddington and Captain Leicester.

He was with Lt. Col. Bardsey SEE E.1071.1

Thomas White

SP19.142.12 Thomas White of Morton Co. Dorset Was in arms 1644, and was an officer in Col. Barnes Regiment under Prince Maurice, when Lyme Regis was besieged by the Prince.


July 9th 1650

Informacion of Nicholas Cheltenham That Thomas White of Morton in the County of Dorsett yeoman was in actuall armes against ye Parliament and in ye yeare 1644 when Lyme Regis in ye County of Dorsett was beseiged by Prince Maurice his Army, ye said Thomas White served as an Officer in ye Regiment of Colonell Barnes under ye command of ye sayd Prince Maurice.


  • Barnes claimed to have raised a regiment of 1200 men

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